by Paul Adkins
OTTAWA, W.Va. — Bertha Shepard Austin, 86, of Ottawa departed this life on September 5, 2012.
Born December 18, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Berry and Siggie Bertha Shepard. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Edward Austin; her brothers, Murley Jerry Shepard and Omar “Shorty” Shepard; sister, Nellie Woods; son-in-law, Charles Baisden, and grandson, Charlie Baisden.
Bertha attended church at Laurel City Freewill Baptist Church in Ottawa and also kept her membership with Bright Star Freewill Baptist Church at Melville. She was well known in the community for her quilting and cooking.
Survivors include her children, Brenda Baisden of Yuma Circle in Wilkinson, and Don (Gaye) Austin and Marcy (Ronnie) Cook, both of Ottawa; sisters, Della Pauley of Eleanor and Geneva Spencer and Gladys Elkins, both of Hewett; grandchildren, Kimberly Mendez, Stephanie Davis, Catherine Jenna Ellis, Joseph Austin, Amanda Smith, John Cook and Joshua Cook and great-grandchildren, Richard, Kayli, Charlie, Caleb, Amelia, Paris, Lexie Bryson and Zachary.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8, at Laurel City Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Don Austin and Caleb Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the Handley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at handleyfh.com
Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home in Danville.
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